Permaculture and Land-buying Consultancy Service

Over the years we have learned a lot about what it takes to revive an abandoned off grid place in the countryside in Portugal. With such a project it can be very overwhelming how much there is to consider, figure out and decide. If there would have been somebody around with the experience we needed, competence and the right set of mind to work together, we would have been very happy to pay for advice to save a lot of time and money later on.  With experience it is much easier to asses a situation and avoid mistakes. Very often it’s simple things that one does not think of unless one has done it before and already made the mistakes… 
That is why we are offering this consultancy service.  We are passionate about people moving back to the countryside, wanting to live in a more sustainable way and we want to offer support for that.
We are not estate agents and don’t have land to sell but we can offer advice and help with deciding and evaluating whether a piece of land and/or buildings you have found are suitable for what you have in mind.
We have been living in the area of Benfeita for 7 years now and are fluent in Portuguese. We know the area, and have been hands on involved with removating two abandoned, off grid quintas. Between us we have a 15 years practical hands on permaculture experience both here and in the UK and Austria. 

So whether you need to install a ram pump or have no idea what a ram pump is, figure out how to rebuild ruins and accommodation on your land, design and creat an amzing permaculture garden or food forest or get some input about what you have in mind and how to realize it, please get in touch.  If our input helps you with just one thing that you did not think of before, your expenses probably will have paid off tenfold.

Fees depend on the situation - we can give you information about costs once we know how we can help.
Call Laura 961 480 954  or Marko 967 116 883  or email


Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita October 21st 10 - 5pm

I am very happy to announce another opportunity to begin to learn the art and science of foraging in our beautiful valley in the Serra do Açor.

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita - Date TBC 2018

People have retreated to wild places for millennia to find inner peace and a greater perspective on life. Nature, in it’s simplicity and beauty, supports a profound relaxation in body, mind and soul.


Many of the plants and trees the bees and other insects thrive on have burnt in the October fires and will not be flowering this year and some not next year either if they recover at all. Here are my suggestions on how to help the pollinators through these lean times.

God these are heartbreaking times. Rain that was so longed for in the summer is now pouring off these hills taking soil and stone and track with it onto the terraces and into rivers.

Many people have asked us how they can help in the wake of the fires and all we have lost. We are very touched and grateful for these offers of support. Here are some ways you can help:

We have started building the second floor of the workshop!! This will be our last major build here and will provide a dormitory and meditation/workshop room which will increase our capacities for events and hosting people, especially outside of the summer months.
I am passionate about building with round wood because it simply makes so much sense.